Ukraine says Russia forced to retreat from eastern Severodonetsk
Kyiv, May 28 (EFE).- Russian forces were forced to retreat in the eastern city of Severodonetsk after the Ukrainian army managed to repel an offensive, head of the Lugansk Regional Military Administration, Serhii Haidai, said on Telegram on Saturday.
Haidai said the Russian army had suffered significant losses and had been forced to retreat in the area of Severodonetsk, Lugansk second-largest urban center, and in the neighboring towns of Toshkivka and Oskolonivka.
“However, Russian invaders do not abandon attempts to go to the rear of our troops and disrupt logistics supplies to the Lugansk region,” Haidai said.
He added that heavy shelling by Russia had damaged at least 14 apartment blocks in Severodonetsk and that the nearby village of Synetskyi had also been “seriously shelled”.
The announcement comes after officials said on Friday that Ukrainian troops could be forced to withdraw from the big eastern city as Russian forces were close to surrounding the area.
According to British military intelligence, Russian forces are likely to cross the Seversky Donets River in the coming days with the prospect of moving deeper into the Donetsk region.
Russia has made the seizing of the whole eastern Donbas region a key aim of what the Kremlin calls its “special military operation” in Ukraine. EFE